One terrific teacher
I'm a thinker. Sometimes I think deep thoughts and sometimes I go for the shallow ones, but either way you look at it I am definitely a person that percolates. I have days where those wheels between my ears simply refuse to stop spinning, and days where I am proud to form a coherent thought (although I'm happy to report those are pretty rare).
Maybe that's why I thoroughly enjoy the manner in which Mark Rashid writes his books; he gives you the exact amount of information you need to start those wheels turning. His books are not laid out in the traditional format of most horse training books, but are instead set up as a collection of well written stories and anecdotes that chronicle his own lessons with horses and the resulting epiphanies.
Even better? He includes some of his own mental moments (he calls it "warts and all"), which I can definitely appreciate :o)
Five fabulous reads... - And yep, they're all terrific!
Eenie meinie miney moe...
I really love 'em all, you know!
I suppose if I were to pick one book above the others, I would have to choose his most recent book: Whole Heart, Whole Horse. This book seemed to delve even deeper into daily events and issues that can shape and/or alter a horse's behavior than its predecessors. It covers some of the most important issues to a horse: peace of mind, dependability, boundaries, and trauma, whereas most trainers focus heavily on issues that are important to the rider.
I am always impressed by Mr. Rachid's willingness to include his personal foibles and feelings in his writing; it makes him extremely relateable (particularly to those of us that mess up on a regular basis :o)
"When we do something with our horse that has an undesirable outcome, is it a mistake or an opportunity for growth?"
~ Mark Rashid in Whole Heart, Whole Horse
Quick, what do you think of him?
"Mark Rashid is a unique and thoughtful horse trainer whose insistence on considering the horse's point of view is producing remarkable changes in horses and the people who love them."
- Rick Lamb, The Horse Show syndicated radio program
(The Foreward in "horses Never Lie: The Heart of Passive Leadership)